NEW YORK CITY (December 8, 2014) – Baritone Sidney Outlaw can add one more boon to his list of accomplishments: GRAMMY-nominated musician.
The baritone’s vocals are prominently featured on the first-ever recording of Darius Milhaud’s 1922 opera trilogy, L’Orestie d’Eschyle (Oresteia of Aeschylus). The historic work is among five nominated for Best Opera Recording, the Recording Academy announced Friday. Winners of the prestigious award will be announced at The GRAMMY ceremony in February.
“It is an honor to be a part of this history-making, and now GRAMMY-nominated work,” Outlaw said. “I am absolutely excited to be included among the best of the best musicians and artists in the world, and I can’t wait to attend the official awards next year.”
The GRAMMY-nominated recording, produced by the University Musical Society located at the University of Michigan, is the result of the first North American performance of the entire work, which is believed to be the first anywhere in the world since 1963.
Outlaw’s rich timbre is highlighted in the groundbreaking recording, released by Naxos, on which he sang the role of “Apollo,” and is featured as one of nine professional vocal soloists. The massive recording showcases the University Symphony Orchestra of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD); a 320-voice choir comprising the UMS Choral Union and SMTD’s Chamber Choir and Orpheus Singers; and the SMTD Percussion Ensemble. The concert took place in April 2013 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hill Auditorium, the university’s renowned concert hall.
Other classical works nominated for Best Opera Recording are Charpentier: La Descente D’Orphée Aux Enfers, Rameau: Hippolyte Et Aricie, Schönberg: Moses Und Aron, and Strauss: Elektra.
“This year’s nominees are a reflection of the music community’s diversity and range of talent, and a testament to The Academy’s voting process,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “The Recording Academy is pleased to celebrate this talented crop of artists, nominated to receive music’s greatest honor for their contributions to their respective genres. The tone for Music’s Biggest Night has undoubtedly been set, and we look forward to producing one of the most exciting telecasts in GRAMMY history.”
Sidney is not new to racking up accolades. He is one of the recent winners of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s International Competition, and is a previous winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe, an exclusive intercontinental opera competition.
Sidney made his debut this spring with the Atlanta Opera as “Figaro” in The Barber of Seville. He also starred as “Moses” with the American Symphony Orchestra’s Moses. He also covered the role of “Mahmoud” in the Metropolitan Opera’s The Death of Klinghoffer. In addition, he performed in recital with Howard Watkins in the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Recital Series. He will rejoin the Oratorio Society in December for its annual performance of Messiah.
In the summer 2015, he will make his Spoleto Festival debut as Jake in Porgy and Bess.
Learn more about Sidney at www.sidneyoutlaw.com.
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